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The Memory of Trees 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Richard Rossiter, 1996
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Submitted By: Jeremy Smith on Jul 26, 2001

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BETA PHOTO: The Memory of Trees, first three bolts shown.

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    This is the route to the left of Road to Isengard, beginning at the base of the arete. Climb past two bolts to the first of two small roofs. Clip the third bolt before turning the roof. You can turn the roof on the left side or the right side/straight up; the left side might be a bit easier. Climb an easy slab to a second roof. Turn this smaller roof on the right and finish up past 2 more bolts. The climb tops out on a ledge with a 2-bolt anchor (shared with Road to Isengard).


    9 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor. A 60m rope is needed to lower. A longer runner on the second bolt will keep down rope drag.

    Photos of The Memory of Trees Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: Brent Pohlmann on the lower roof of Memory of Tree...
    Brent Pohlmann on the lower roof of Memory of Tree...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Erik Marr at the 1st roof (crux).
    Erik Marr at the 1st roof (crux).
    Rock Climbing Photo: Nickie Kelly turning the lower roof on the left.
    Nickie Kelly turning the lower roof on the left.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Approaching the second roof.
    Approaching the second roof.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Just over the second roof on The Memory of Trees.
    Just over the second roof on The Memory of Trees.

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    By Michael Walker
    From: Loveland, CO
    Jul 27, 2001

    Two bolt anchor at the top eliminates need for tree anchors (perhaps now it is aptly named?). Also, more bolts made this a fine lead without gear. Much like Lothlorien, with roomy placements (a fifth bolt before the anchors on that one too!). Finally, another bolt route on the right shares same anchor with Memory. Michael Walker
    By Ray Snead
    Jun 3, 2002

    This is actually a pretty good route, and makes the crag worth visiting. The first roof is certainly easier on the left, and the second one goes elegantly straight up or more easily on the right.
    By Kreighton Bieger
    Jun 6, 2002

    As of 6/5/02 this route has nine bolts, though only six are easily visible from the ground. Two long draws for the bolts below the roofs will prevent rope drag at the top.
    By Brian Weinstein
    Aug 25, 2004
    rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

    Three stars narrowly averted for a [Boulder Canyon] moderate sport route.
    By Anonymous Coward
    Aug 28, 2005

    [The] unknown climber on [Ron Olsen's] picture from [August] 27 is none other than Brent Pohlmann, who has the distinction of swimming from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco WITHOUT a wetsuit more times than anyone else in Boulder......13 to be exact, including 3 roundtrips and 2 on New Year's Day.
    By Gary Schmidt
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jun 18, 2006

    Best route of the area. Couple of fun roofs and some nice exposure if you stick with arete. The anchor is quite far right. If you top rope it, you will probably want to leave a quick draw in the bolt above the first roof. A fall there would otherwise probably swing you into the rock to your right. 5.9.
    By djoseph
    Apr 24, 2008
    rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

    One of the nicest 9s in the canyon. Worth a trip to Watermark for this and Twin Peaks. Sometimes crowded on summer days. Needs almost all of a 60m rope.
    By percious
    From: Bear Creek, CO
    May 31, 2008
    rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

    Nice route, but a bit of a one move wonder.
    By George Barnes
    From: Westminster, CO
    Oct 13, 2011
    rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

    Fun route. As of 10-13-11 a lot of the bolt hangers were spinners, though the anchor bolts seemed OK. Might want to bring a wrench.
    By JJR
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jun 12, 2012
    rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

    Best route at the crag I'd say. Wouldn't recommend coming to Watermark just for this one, but if you're around there go ahead and do it, it's fun.

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